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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 4,238 29.30% 3,969 32.52%
Spanish 10,209 70.58% 8,137 66.67%
Other Indo-European* 2 0.01% 13 0.11%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 86 0.70%
Other 16 0.11% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,465 100.00% 12,205 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3,552 43.65%
Other Indo-European* 2 15.38%
Asian Language** 24 27.91%
Other Language 0 -
Total 3,578 29.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4,513 44.21%
Other Indo-European* 0 -
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 7 43.75%
Total 4,520 31.25%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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